Audie Award Winner, Fiction, 2014
Audie Award Nominee, Solo Narration - Male, 2014
Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless - mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant "shining" power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep."
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
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"Will Patton's delivery enhances King's prose in ways that make King's work so much more enjoyable in audio than just reading it…Patton's narrative voice captures the rhythm of King's words. His character voices, filled with a variety of regional American accents, remain consistent. Most importantly, the sinister aspects that embody characters and moments of this novel are superbly executed and will certainly leave listeners on edge." (AudioFile)
"King, not one given to sequels, throws fans a big, bloody bone with this long-drooled-for follow-up to The Shining." (Booklist)
"…a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance's story." (Publisher’s Weekly)
This engaging follow up to The Shining catches up with the author as well as our protagonist, Dan Torrance. Stephen King says in the author's note that he was a well meaning alcoholic when he wrote The Shining, a book often named as one of his best. The sequel comes along many years into recovery for King and so that change of world view comes through loud and clear in Doctor Sleep, which is a look at the twists and turns in the life of the preschooler from the Shining.
My wife and I reread The Shining prior to taking on Doctor Sleep. That was not needed to enjoy the book, but I do recommend it. Stephen King fans will love this book and new readers and old alike will find themselves never looking the same at old timers cruising the country in mammoth RVs.
Stephen King is a master of surprise and he made the events in this book mesh perfectly.
Every King Book is well-thought out and has a different twist. For that reason it is hard to compare this to other King Books or other authors.
Will is so smooth and he plays the characters perfectly and brings them to life.
Unlike other Stephen King books, this one was somewhat more predictable but not obvious.
The one good thing about getting older is that in a few years I can reread/listen and enjoy them all over again :)
Koontz can be cleaver but King is solid!
I already have! This book is incredible! I did not want to ever stop listening. Once again Stephen King proves he is the best!
It's a toss up between Abra & Dan.
He does an amazing job with all of them! Rose The Hat was especially sinister! Dan Torrence was the most believable.
The entire book was moving because it was truly brilliant! I am moved by anyone who is a master of their craft and Stephen King is a Master Author!
This is one of my all time favorite books. It picks up exactly where The Shining (the book not the movie) left off. I love the book because it not only picks up where the book left off, but it also adds new twists and innovative new elements to the already deliciously twisted story of The Shining. We get to see what happens to little Danny (Doc) Torrence after he survived the Overlook, and we are introduced to a superb new cast of characters.
Most fans of King will readily admit King has his ups and downs. Doctor Sleep is definitely one of his ups. In my opinion this should be ranked among his best novels, along side It, The Stand, and of course the The Shining. The story is well developed and Kings melding of the Shining back story into this Novel was excellent, never coming off as forced.
Will Patton was outstanding as the narrator, bringing all the characters to life with voices that fit perfectly to the personalities.
Like most Stephen Kind books, it grabbed me right away. This is the sequel to "The Shining", which I have not yet read, but Will Patton is an excellent actor and he draws the listener right into the story. It follows what happens to the young boy in the first book into his adulthood and the continuation of the special gift that he has and his return to the hotel where the first book took place. Really chilling!
The dead can return.
Good ol' Danny comes back after so many years, if you haven't read "The Shining", you might want to prior to getting into Dr. Sleep, it will give you a much better perspective with this story. Steven King's at it's best, as usual, delivering a great story line, tying the 2 worlds together.
little Abra's wicked temper, and how she managed to drive Rose up the wall.
When Abra and Danny trade places after she was kidnapped, and she, or may be i should say Danny, takes care of Crow in Billy's pick up truck...
GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!!!!
The communication between Dan and Abra in the final meeting with Rose. (spoiler alert) I was pleased that Dan's stomach ailment was not what I feared.
I have listened to the majority of James Lee Burke's novels, so I have heard Will Patton before. As far as I'm concerned, this is his most brilliant performance. He brings the book alive. The characters could never jump off the page as they are read by Patton. In my listening experience, it's surpassed only by Humphrey Bower's reading of Bryce Courtenay's books. Middlesex was wonderfully read by Kristoffer Tabori as well. Listening surpasses reading in my opinion, though I read one book on my kindle as I listen at other times to Audible. I have to keep the genres different to keep from crossing myself up.
Wouldn't change it. Since beginning The Shining with Danny being called Doc, I couldn't begin to think of another title.
I read everything by Stephen King for a while, stopped after Dreamcatchers, which I found disappointing, then thankfully returned with Duma Key, which I believe was inspired greatly by his horrific accident.
If you are a Stephen King fan of his sweeping traveler stories you will like this one. It reminds me of "The Stand".
It all made sense.
When he recalls the protagonist's time in "The Shining".
Nothing, the title was great.
Will Patton, Narrator!
Will Patton...oh wait, he's not a character in the book, but his narration brings them ALIVE! It's hard to choose a favorite when the narrator is so good at making each and every character, and each and every aspect of the story vibrant!
The guy is fantastic! Everyone who knows his acting already knows that if HE is in a movie, it's going to be GREAT! The same with his voicing skill with reading...the man is genuinely talented in everything he does.
Will Patton! Because he IS the characters in this book!
The scene where Dan awakens after a drunken night of debauchery with "Deena" is absolutely hilarious with Will Patton's narrative skill! Will Patton's vocal inflections animate each word had me laughing to hard at the mental picture of this booze-hound trying to come to life after a drunken binge...I KNOW the book is a "horror" novel, and in those sections, Will Patton's narration brings THAT alive as well, but in that one passage I was laughing so hard I almost had to pull over and seek oxygen!
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